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We know that families and friends of people struggling with mental health distress require support, information and skills to create an atmosphere of hope in which change and growth are possible. Our services aim to provide supportive counselling and group programming to families and friends of people experiencing a mental health issue. Our program staff are mental health professionals who also have either personal or family lived experience.

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Family-Based Peer Support

This service is available for family members who have been directly impacted by a loved one’s mental health challenge, illness and/or substance use.

Peer support is created through a trusting, equal and empowering recovery-oriented relationship between two individuals who share a similar experience. You will be connected with a trained Peer Supporter who can relate from a human to human perspective as can be related from a place of lived experience.

Find out more about  Peer Support Services

To seek support, please connect directly with

Family Support Case Management

For family members, caregivers, friends and significant others of individuals who live with mental illness that may or may not be receiving services with this agency. (about this service)

Family Mental Health Initiative

Family Mental Health Initiative (FMHI) of Simcoe County has been providing education and support to family members and friends of persons experiencing mental health difficulties in Simcoe County. We provide education through community presentations, psycho-educational programs and printed material. find out more

Family and Friends of people dealing with Addiction

We provide support, education and consultation for those concerned about the substance use of a family member or friend. (about this service)

Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN)

All clients and community partners of CMHA have access to Telemedicine. Telemedicine uses video cameras and monitors to connect clients to specialists who are not located near to them. This reduces travel time and expense for our clients. To access this service, ask your doctor or counsellor to set it up for you for your appointments. All you need is a computer with a camera and microphone (about this service)

If you don’t qualify for any of these services or would like additional information on other services in the community, please click here. 

Clients’ rights and responsibilities
Your privacy (about your privacy)
Becoming a Client / Family Advisory Committee member (more information)
Complaint process and your feedback (handout)
About Client Safety (more information)
Mental Health Information (more information)
About Addictions (more information)
Community Awareness Program (CAP) (more information)

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